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Lead right for your company?

Note taking points from Lead Right for Your Company’s Type, by William E. Schneider

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Authentic Leadership Framework

Every leader has his or her own style and approach. But all true leaders share the courage to be genuine, the confidence to lead, and the ability to collaborate for success.

How do courage, confidence, and collaboration work together in great leaders?

(1) Courage

Courage starts with the ability to be authentic and to lead by example. It is essential to have the conviction to stay the course, as any decision and its subsequent execution will involve many sets of complex and confusing issues. Dealing with all these complexities and inspiring a team to believe in the mission and execute the plan requires conviction. Further, you need the courage to lead through failures and to learn from them. You must stand up for your team and see that they will succeed.

” Courage is ultimately the ability to lead without a title. “

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When being too collaborative can hurt your career

Being a good team player is an essential skill in our modern workplace. But while the ability to work well with others and collaborate on projects is a sought-after ability in nearly every position, placing too much emphasis on being a good team player can negatively affect your career growth.

Being a team player is a sought-after skill for nearly every position, but placing too much emphasis on gaining consensus can negatively affect your career growth.

Being hyper-focused on gaining consensus, or being too concerned with the opinions of others can impede your ability to make decisions, speak up, and gain recognition for your individual skills and strengths.

“When we are too subordinate to others’ opinions, too focused on decision consensus, too silent about our own point of view, too agreeable to take things on when we don’t have bandwidth, we build a brand of underconfident, subservient, low-impact non-leaders, and hamper our growth and career progression,” says leadership coach Shefali Raina.

“Collaboration certainly makes your individual competencies and contributions more difficult for outsiders to isolate,” says Rebecca Kehoe, associate professor of human resource management at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor. Because collaborative projects mean you’re sharing the spotlight with others, outsiders may find it difficult to pinpoint your contributions and strengths. This may end up costing you opportunities for promotions or pay raises.

While you certainly shouldn’t ditch teamwork, here are five ways you can avoid the pitfalls of being an over-collaborator.

Working in a team can have huge payoffs. If your team has repeated successes and often gains recognition, you may have more opportunities to expand your professional network than if you worked alone. However, finding a balance between team efforts and individual projects that allow you to show off your strengths and gain recognition independently is important for making a name for yourself and providing opportunities for advancement.

When you’re over-collaborating, you’re often in constant communication with a lot of people. This may cause you to burn out and can cause your own individual work to suffer. “You can end up spending all of your time communicating and processing information, and have no time or energy left for your actual work,” says Kehoe. Carefully choose which team projects to be a part of, and learn to say no when you’ve taken on too much.

Specializing in a topic matter allows you gain individual credibility and recognition for your skills. “Establishing a unique area of expertise can help you gain the autonomy and opportunities you need to break away from an over-dependence on others,” says Kehoe.

Be selective in who you work with to maximize the benefits and minimize the downsides of being a team player. Collaborate with people who have complementary expertise, or with people who can help you grow your expertise in a particular area. Select projects where there’s potential for mutual benefit. Perhaps you’re bringing your unique knowledge and gaining access to someone else’s great professional network. Or maybe you’re able to learn a new skill by working with someone. Seek out your teammates purposefully rather than jumping on every new group project opportunity.

Often, being too collaborative means placing too much emphasis on the opinions and ideas of others. “When we are too collaborative, we want everyone to agree with a decision before we proceed,” says Raina. This can create unnecessary delays as you hold meetings and conversations trying to achieve a consensus. It’s fine to be collaborative when seeking input, but put a deadline on the input stage and arrive at a decision, even if it is a decision that does not have consensus.

Source: Fast Company

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7 bad habits that are holding you back at work

Do you want to take your career to the next level but you’re feeling a little stuck? These seven bad habits might be what’s holding you back at work. No worries, though — it’s never too late to course correct.

You’re overworking & not taking time off for self-care
What you do outside of the office is just as important as what you do at the office. In order to show up as your best and brightest self to work every day, self-care needs to be a top priority — and we’re talking quality self-care. Sitting on the couch scrolling through Instagram doesn’t count. Find a self-care routine that feels really good for you. You can start a morning meditation practice, exercise, go for nature walks, laugh, play, take bubble baths — do whatever you need to do to feel refueled when you show up at work every day. This alone will make a huge impact on your performance at work.

You’re settling for a job you like & not love
In the beginning of your career, being a yes girl that jumps at everything that is thrown her way certainly works in your favor. You gain experience, show your boss what you’re capable of, and have the chance to try different things. However, once your career is established, being the yes girl can actually hurt your career. Just because you can do the job, doesn’t mean that you should. I once heard Danielle Laporte say, “If it doesn’t light you up, you’re not the right person for the job.” I couldn’t agree with this more. We are all meant to do work that is exciting and fulfilling. We shouldn’t be settling for a job just because it’s the first thing we found. And oftentimes what you’ll find is that once you do start to follow those inner nudges and pursue work that you’re truly passionate about, success will inevitably follow.

You’re not truly believing in yourself
It really sucks to admit this, but a lot of the time, the only thing holding us back from the career success we really desire is ourselves. We might doubt our abilities and not believe we can actually take our career to the next level. That’s where feeding your mind with powerful, uplifting content comes in. From my personal experience, once I fell down the rabbit hole of reading personal development books and listening to podcasts, my career completely transformed. I went from being an intern to being a full-time freelance writer in a matter of months. The power of our mind is absolutely mind-blowing. Use it to your advantage.

You’re not asking for what you want
In life and in the workplace, we tend to not ask for what we really want because we don’t want to come off as pushy or bossy or we’re afraid of what other people might think. This bad habit is absolutely holding us back from the success we truly desire. How on earth are people supposed to know what we want if we don’t ask for it? It just doesn’t make any logical sense. You can’t just wait around for really awesome career opportunities to fall into your lap. You have to be proactive and voice your wants. If you know you deserve a raise, ask for it. If you want to be considered for the promotion, ask for it. If you have too much on your plate and need help, ask for it. You never know where one simple ask might lead you and your career.

You’re keeping yourself small
According to this Forbes article, men are confident enough to apply for a job even if they only meet 60% of the qualifications. Women, on the other hand, won’t apply for a job unless they feel they meet 100% of the qualifications. This statistic is wild and brings me to realize that we are the ones keeping ourselves small by not going after for the jobs that we truly want just because we feel unqualified. So the next time you see a job listing pop up that is your definition of a dream job, apply for it. No matter what the qualifications may be. At the end of the day, most qualifications are things that can be quickly learned, what really counts is if you have the confidence to get the job done. If you have that, you’re golden.

You complain too much
It’s almost impossible to always be satisfied with every single little thing about your job. There are bound to be things that bug you or you simply just don’t feel excited to do, but when you begin to vocalize your complaints, that’s when you start to hold yourself back from thriving at work. That energy is toxic to be around and the employees that get promoted are the ones that are go-getters. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and they focus on finding a solution to the problem instead of just complaining about it.

You’re not managing your time wisely
There are so many little aspects of a job that needs to get done every day that are oftentimes not your actual job. We’re talking responding to emails, attending meetings, etc. And by the time you get back to your desk to actually get the important things done, you’re mentally and energetically exhausted from the million little things you’ve already done that day. In order to really excel and shine at work, focus instead on getting the important things done first (ideally before lunch time) and leave the little things like emails for later in the day.

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Paradox : Sometimes just being yourself is the worst thing to do

The Leadership versus Authenticity Paradox

The paradox of leadership versus authenticity. Doing what feels natural to you can seriously backfire especially when you move to new leadership role with new challenges.

Leadership Problem #1 : Feeling Fake versus Failing

  • Feeling fake versus failing: for example, humbleness & humility in a company where you had to sell yourself.
  • Authenticity isn’t about being rigid & unchanging and sticking with what feels safe. As we advances in our career, we all have to move out of our comfort zone.
  • Therefore, it would be a lot wiser if I view myself as a work in progress (WIP).
  • Using trial & error approach would or could serve as a useful tool to develop the best version of yourself.
  • Instead of applying your sense of self in holding you back, use it instead to move you forward.

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